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William Avery (1789-1843)
1811 A mercer and draper when he married Elizabeth Balden.
1812 Birth of his first son, William Henry Avery (1812–1874), joining a long-established dynasty of Birmingham scale makers.
1814 Inherited the scale-beam making business from his cousin, Joseph Balden. He immediately began to stimulate the business with his brother Thomas; they traded under the name of William and Thomas Avery.